Starting October 1st, individuals and families may begin to enroll for health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in New York state. Not sure where to start? The New York State of Health website can help you find the answers to your questions. Through this site you may find important information such as key dates in the application process, steps to take in order to apply for affordable care, fact sheets, and more. HealthCare.gov is another valuable source that may help you find out if you qualify for lower costs with a few simple questions. Need help applying in Columbia or Greene County? Contact the Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium by visiting their website, which is full of useful links, or calling them at 518-822-9600 or 800-980-5530. You may also make appointments with them for help applying to Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid.
Celebrate freedom of speech by reading books that have been either challenged or banned during this year’s Banned Book Week, September 22-28. Challenged books are those that a person or group has tried to remove or restrict from libraries and the public, while banned books are those that have actually been removed from the public. Books are often challenged because they may express unorthodox or unpopular opinions, or feature material that is deemed inappropriate. Here is the list of most challenged books for 2012:
1) Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
2) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
3) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
4) Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
5) And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
6) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
7) Looking for Alaska by John Green
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
8) Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
9) The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
10) Beloved by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence
For recent banned and challenged books, visit the ALA’s Yearly Lists of Challenged and/or Banned Books. For historically banned and challenged books, visit the ALA’s Banned and Challenged Classics list.
Back again by popular demand, the Friends of the Hudson Area Library will hold its Second Annual two-day Art Book Sale during ArtsWalk weekend, Friday and Saturday, October 4th and 5th. This unique sale will be held at the Book Sale Room in the Hudson Library, from 10am until 2pm each day.
The sale will feature hundreds of great books on art, graphic design, crafts, photography, architecture and interior design, as well as a large selection of titles on art history, artist’s monographs, biographies and various art techniques (watercolor, pastels, collage, etc.). Hardcover, paperback and coffee table books will be available.
All books will be priced to sell—bargains abound at this once a year sale! And books make great gifts too, so stock up on wonderful titles for everyone on your list (and don’t forget to buy something for yourself!).
Open every Saturday from 10am until 1pm, the Book Sale Room has the largest selection of gently used books in the area. Here you can find thousands of books in more than 40 categories, including travel, gardening, cooking, mystery, fiction, humor, classics, poetry, self-help, science and history, as well as hundreds of children’s books and much more. The shelves are packed with great new inventory for the season, so be sure to come in and browse—you never know what great treasure you’ll find! And, all books are offered at very low discount prices.
From September 16-30 you can get a free download of Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O’Connor from OverDrive, the Mid Hudson Library System’s digital download center, as a part of the Big Library Read. The Big Library Read is a global movement designed to support the availability of audiobooks and eBooks through libraries. Unlimited copies of both the audiobook and eBook will be available for download during this two week period- no holds, no waitlists! Having your child download and read or listen to Nancy Clancy is a great way both to foster a love of reading in your child and to teach them how to download books for free, so take advantage of this great offer while you can!
Starting this September, Hudson Area Library will host a brand new set of children’s programs for kids of all ages called The Kids First Initiative. The Initiative aims to help foster positive outcomes and support academic achievement for the children of our community through new educational programming. Here are the new programs which will be added to the regular children’s schedule:
Tuesday: Kids Fun Night
3:30-7:30pm- Weekly- All Ages
Join us for an evening of all-ages activities, including Twister challenge, music, poetry, puzzles, games, as well as jewelry, collage, and bookmark making.
Wednesday: Learn to Read Program
3:30-4:30pm- Weekly- Ages 3-6
This early literacy program aims to foster a love of reading in the youngest members of our community. Through age appropriate activities, children will practice the alphabet, learn sight words, and read stories. Parents are welcome to participate.
Thursday: Kids Lego Club
3:00-4:30pm- Weekly- All ages
The Kids Lego Club is open to children ages 2-14 who are ready to put their imagination and building skills to work in a fun and creative atmosphere. Children can work on their own creations or in teams. Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver aged 13 or older. The library will provide Legos and Duplo bricks for use in the club.
Friday: Time to Dance!
September 13- 3:30-5:00pm- All ages
Through music, dance, and collaborative online research, kids will learn about a new type of music at each session while being physically active and having fun! Our first session will cover salsa music. NOTE: This program will continue each 2nd Friday of the month.
Friday: Kids Career Workshops
September 27- 3:30-5:00pm- All ages
Join us in exploring a different career at each session. Our first session will be about becoming a teacher. NOTE: This program will continue each 4th Friday of the month.
Saturday: Drop-In Children’s Activities
12:00-3:00pm- Weekly- All ages
Children of all ages are welcome to stop by and join us in crafts, stories and other fun activities in the Children’s Room.
For a full listing of the library’s children’s programs, visit the Programs page of our website.
It’s time for back to school shopping, so don’t forget to pick up the most important school supply of all…a library card! A library card can give your children almost unlimited access to books for school projects and book reports, but that’s not all! Kids will love using Kidsport, a great site created by the Mid Hudson Library System especially for children from preschool to age 10 and their parents. Through Kidsport, kids can browse books in the Kid’s Catalog, get Homework Help, and even get a taste of community service in Kid Power Counts.
For older children in junior or senior high, there is a separate Homework Help site. From here, students can study for high school and college entrance exams, such as the SAT, PSAT, ACT and more. Students with a library card will also have access to online encyclopedias and journals on subjects such as history, science and the arts. Some sites even come with video tutorials!
Still not convinced that you need a card? Here’s 52 Ways To Use Your Library Card.
In order to Get a Library Card, you will need to fill out a registration form at the library. Also, you will need to bring in a current photo ID and proof of residency (such as an envelope mailed to your current mailing address). Children under the age of 18 who want a library card must come with a parent or guardian who can meet the listed requirements. A library card is the smartest tool in your wallet, so be sure to sign yourself and your kids up for this great free resource!
The Friends of the Hudson Area Library have recently added seven new titles to the collection as part of the their August “Book Selections of the Month” program.
The four titles for new books for children are Journey by Aaron Becker, The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers; Eight Dolphins of Katrina: A True Tale of Survival by Janet Wyman Coleman with illustrations by Yan Nascimbene, and a newly released book for teens, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick.
Three new fiction books for adults were also added to this recent collection. They are: Alexandria: The Last Nights of Cleopatra by Peter Stothard, a novel that is part memoir, part travel literature; The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez, translated by Anne McLean, and The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo, a novel that combines period storytelling with the supernatural.
All book titles will be available at the Hudson Area Library or by request online at www.hudsonarealibrary.org and may be borrowed for up to 21 days with a library card from the Mid-Hudson Library System.
For more information about the Friends, including membership and volunteer opportunities, contact the library at 518.828.1792 or visit us on Facebook and Like us.
A library card is the most valuable tool in your wallet. With a library card, you can learn a new language, research your family tree, find a new career, and even fix your car! Not to mention you will have nearly unlimited access to entertainment in the form of books, audiobooks, ebooks, DVDs, CDs and more. You will find the resources you need to do all of these things through the new and improved HomeAccess, a database geared towards Columbia County patrons like you. The site has been recently updated to include new features such as:
- New instructional video content
- Automatic mobile users detection: Smart phone users will now be brought to a page with mobile apps.
- Brand new look: Find subject matter quick and easy!
Don’t have a library card? All you need to bring to the library in order to sign up for one is a valid photo ID and proof of address (such as a piece of mail that has been recently mailed to your current address).